Team Fortress 2 – Free Forever on Steam
Posted by Qz
Valve Software has made its cartoonish first-person shooter, Team Fortress 2, free for Steam users on both Macintosh and PC platforms. “There’s no catch! Play as much as you want, as long as you like,” says Valve.
Released back in 2007 as part of the Orange Box collection along with the first edition of Portal and Half-Life Episode 2, the game puts two teams in military-style combat against each other. Players can choose from nine classes, ranging from the lean, balaclava-clad Spy to the burlesque Heavy. TF2 has been massively popular ever since its release, partly due to its OTT humor and continuous gameplay improvements.
Free users can play the same maps, with the same maps, classes, and game types as those who paid. However, those users that purchased the game before it became free-to-play have been rewarded with a backpack capacity of 300 (the free version gives you 50) as well as rare items and cosmetic upgrades for their avatar that are obtained through random loot drops. Oh, and the lucky few also get better trading and crafting abilities.
Valve has only been offering free-to-play games by other developers for a few days, and had confirmed that it would be offering its own such title soon. Released simultaneously with a huge new update adding a large number of new maps, items and weapons to the game, the move has had the entire gaming presence on the web commenting on it.
Most blogs out there (us included =D ) tend to think that the move is a smart one, for it will introduce more gamers to Steam, which in the long run will pay off. Plus, the small in-game shop that is run through a ‘Steam Wallet’ is also something that will contribute as a microtransaction service through which players can buy upgrades and weapons.
To play the game, all you need to do is to simply download the Steam client and run it on your Mac/PC.